First Pakistani Ambassador to Kosovo presents Letter of Credence to Kosovo President

Pristina, Kosovo, MTT News Desk: The President of the Republic of Kosovo Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga here today received the Letter of Credence of H.E. Muhammad Haroon Shaukat, the first Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Republic of Kosovo, resident in Ankara, Turkey.

It was an historical occasion as Mr. Shaukat became the first Pakistani Ambassador accredited to Kosovo. Pakistan formally recognized the Republic of Kosovo in December last year which was followed by a visit of President of Pakistans Special Envoy in January this year. After the presentation of credentials ceremony, President Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga and Ambassador Haroon Shaukat held a meeting and discussed ways to promote bilateral relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Shaukat conveyed special greetings from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to President Atifete. The newly appointed Ambassador reiterated his resolve to work very closely with the Kosovo friends to create a new chapter of special ties with tangible cooperation in the commercial field.

President of Kosovo expressed her gratitude to Pakistan upon their recognition of independence. She said this move by Pakistan was welcomed by the people of Kosovo as Pakistan is an important country having strategic importance. She termed the appointment of Ambassador Haroon Shaukat as a major step towards further consolidating Pak-Kosovo relations in all fields. The Pakistani Envoy said Pakistan granted formal recognition to Kosovo as an independent State in support of the aspirations of the people of Kosovo for independence.

Earlier, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Enver Hoxhaj, Minister for Economic Development Mr. Besim Beqaj and other senior officials of the Kosovo Government received the new Ambassador. The hosts expressed their great appreciation for the recognition of Kosovos independence by Pakistan and evinced keen interest to consolidate relations at political, economic and cultural fields.

The Kosovo Foreign Minister proposed to start exchange of scholarship for students of Pakistan and Kosovo.Mr. Shaukat reiterated Government of Pakistans resolve to develop close and brotherly ties with Kosovo. It was agreed to create necessary facilitative framework for promoting commercial relations, encouraging and protecting investments and avoidance of double taxation. Opportunities for collaboration between the two countries in the economy, trade and education fields were discussed.

During his stay in Kosovo, Ambassador Shaukat also held meetings with the President of Chambers & Commerce and leading businessmen. Mr. Shaukat termed the private sector as engine of growth and said his Government will be happy to create interface between the private sectors of Kosovo and Pakistan.

As a country that is aligning its policies and standards as per EU criteria, Kosovo is one of the best countries for Pakistani investors and could be a hub for Pakistans commercial activities for EU in general and Balkans region in particular.

Consul General Istanbul Dr. Yusuf Junaid and Press Attaché of the Pakistan Embassy in Ankara Mr. Abdul Akbar also accompanied the Ambassador.

UN-Habitat & Coca-Cola launch Water, Sanitation project in Rawalpindi and Islamabad

Rawalpindi, MTT News Desk: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has initiated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for Schools and Ground Water Recharge in Rawalpindi and Islamabad project with the collaboration of Federal Ministry of Climate Change, Federal Directorate of education Islamabad and District Education office Rawalpindi and with generous support from Coca-Cola foundation.

While addressing the occasion of the launching Workshop today in Islamabad, Mr. Javed Ali Khan, Director General, Ministry of the Climate Change, highlighted need of the water, sanitation and hygiene promotion intervention in the twin cities informing hazards associated with the use of contaminated drinking water and unsafe sanitation. Most water borne diseases related to children spread through schools and we should focus our attention for the provision of safe drinking water along with good sanitation services to our school children, he further said.

Ministry of Climate Change will continue support to all the departments and international organizations for the WASH interventions including ground water recharge across the country and the contribution of Coca Cola Pakistan and UN-Habitat is highly commendable, he added.

Ms. Bella Evidente, Officer In-Charge, UN-Habitat Pakistan welcomed the participants and thanked Ministry of Climate Change, Federal Directorate of education Islamabad and District Education office Rawalpindi for their keen interest in this project which aims to evolve behavior change through schools.

Ms. Bella said, UN‑Habitat Pakistan has been instrumental in addressing issues that cater to improve access of basic services in schools around urban slums. Besides many other projects related to Water and sanitation improvement, UN-Habitat has recently implemented two specialized projects related to safe drinking water and sanitation improvements through gender mainstreaming.

The overall purpose of this particular project is to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in poor urban schools to reduce vulnerability of these communities from water borne diseases and impact of climate change, she concluded with thanking note to Coca-Cola for providing close support for this intervention.

Mr. Qazi Zahoor ul haq EDO education district Rawalpindi said that school children will be the primary beneficiaries of this project and government schools administration acknowledges efforts of UN-Habitat for implementing this project.

Broadcasters provide children a platform to discuss a better world

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: Broadcasters around the country will provide children and adolescents the opportunity to share their hopes, dreams and aspirations about their future in a better world to contribute to the United Nations debate on the post-2015 development agenda.

UNICEF and leading broadcasters in Pakistan will celebrate this years International Childrens Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) falling on 3 March by involving young people in discussing priorities for the future through specially produced ICDB programmes.

This years theme Our World, Our Future syncs with the theme for global consultations led by the United Nations to discuss the post-2015 development agenda.

I am so impressed by the vision and confidence of children and adolescents in Pakistan and I am confident they will have a great many ideas and opinions that will contribute to the global debate on the future development agenda and the vision for the world that these young people will continue to live and work in. With nearly 90 million young people in Pakistan, the collective voice will be important on the global scale and we must harness the wide range of expressions that exists. Working with leading broadcasters in Pakistan is a great opportunity to realize this opportunity, said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEFs Representative in Pakistan.

Over the years, broadcasters in Pakistan have helped UNICEF immensely to bring children and the realisation of their rights to the forefront of the national agenda. Giving children, especially the underprivileged and marginalized, the opportunity to talk about changing the world into a better place, boosts their confidence and self-esteem. Their views would form part of the inputs being compiled from Pakistans perspective to feed into the global development process.

The International Childrens Day of Broadcasting is an international event where, on the first Sunday of March every year, thousands of broadcasters in more than a hundred countries help children to be directly involved in radio and television programming, production and presentation. As a result, children share experiences with their peers, and give voice to their hopes and dreams.

UNICEF takes this opportunity to thank the media, particularly all leading broadcasters in Pakistan, who are supporting this years International Childrens Day of Broadcasting.

Inqilabi concerend over Indian Anti-Kashmir policies

Srinagar, MTT News Desk: In Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (APHC), APHC leader and the Chief Patron of Jammu and Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi (MeA), Muhammad Azam Inqilabi, has expressed serious concern over increase in anti-Kashmir actions of Indian government.

Muhammad Azam Inqilabi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India hanged Afzal Guru to intimidate the Kashmiris into submission. He said that arrogant Indian leaders should understand that they could not achieve anything by martyring lakhs of Kashmiris. He said that New Delhi had broken all records of brutalities in OSJK.

Kashmiris on either side of the LoC hate Indian occupation and there is deep seated alienation against its rule, he said, adding that this alienation among Kashmiri youth would erupt like a volcano and Indian guns would not be able to stop the tide then.

The APHC leader deplored that New Delhi had started tightening noose around pro-resistance leadership. Be it Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Dr Qasim, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Masarrat Aalam, they all are identity of Kashmiri nation.

The MeA patron extended his support to the programmes announced by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Mushawrat constituted by the pro-liberation organisations to seek the mortal remains of Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.

He said that the Kashmiris would continue their struggle till the objective of right of self-determination was realized. He also urged the pro-India politicians to shun electoral politics and join the ranks of freedom struggle.

UNESCO urges free education in PKP

Peshawar, MTT News Desk: To gear the support for Right to Free and Compulsory Education for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) organized provincial forum Right to Education today in Peshawar. Education Minister and key officials from provincial education departments along with educationists, Parliamentarians and Senators attended the meeting.

Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, UNESCO Representative in her statement expressed her confidence on Provincial governments to implement Article 25-A in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She said, Todays meeting will provide us an opportunity to learn about vision, and plans of Provinces. We will discuss and debate various strategies and approaches towards bringing every child into school, starting from legislation to increasing education budget, expanding and diversifying educational opportunities to meet learning needs of children belonging to different groups and areas.

Minister of Education in KP, Sardar Hussain Babuk stressed to integrate skill-based training for students at school level. He said that education is the need of the time, and the education system should mainstream technology-based skills, which can be only solution to change the fate of millions of illiterate boys and girls in this province.

Mr. Arshad Saeed Khan, Senior Education Specialist UNESCO said, I appreciate the Provincial Governments which have taken concrete steps like preparing draft Bills but this is the time to legislate the Free Education Act this is in benefit of all, then why loose more time.

UNESCO, Islamabad is facilitating Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in preparation of the draft Bill on the Right to Free and Compulsory Education. The similar Bill has been approved already for Sindh and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

Pakistan Turkey to distribute Rs 1 million among students

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: Over seven hundred Pakistani students from across Pakistan will get prizes for their outstanding performance demonstrated during National Inter Schools Math Olympiad (ISMO) held recently.

The ISO titled, Pakistan Seeks Al-Khwarizmi, was held on Jan 27th, 2013 at all the branches of PakTurk Schools across the country simultaneously in which some 16500 students from 500 different schools participated.

A total of 722 students from class 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th from different government and private schools will get rewarded for their incredible potential in the prize distribution ceremony scheduled at new campus of PakTurk at Sector H-8 tomorrow (Wednesday), said an announcement issued here today.

Top government functionaries, officials, educationists and parents of the students will participate in the award distribution ceremony.

Abdul Moeez Ijaz, a class eighth student of Jinnah Preparatory School Islamabad who was recently declared Al- Khwarizmi of Pakistan for one year for his brilliance in mathematics will be the centre of attention.

A cash prize of Rs one million will be distributed among the students who made it to the top.

Pak-Turk holds ISMO prize distribution ceremony

Islamabad, MTT News Desk: Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges on Tuesday held prize distribution ceremony for first countrywide Inter Schools Math Olympiad (ISMO) held recently.

The ISO titled, Pakistan Seeks Al- Khwarizmi, was held on Jan 27th, 2013 at all the branches of Pak-Turk Schools across the country simultaneously in which some 16500 students participated representing around 500 schools.

The students of class 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th participated in the competition to prove their incredible potential.

Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek, Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, Turk Ambassador Babur Hizlan, Federal Secretaries, officials of Pak-Turk Schools, students, parents, and others were present at the at the award distribution ceremony held at Pak-Turk Chak Shahzad campus.

Many students of different schools bagged cash prizes from 50,000 to 30,000 while Abdul Moeez Ijaz, a class eighth student of Jinnah Preparatory School Islamabad was declared Al- Khwarizmi of Pakistan for his outstanding performance. He will retain the title for one year.

It may be mentioned that Abu Abdallah Muḥammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi was a legendary Muslim mathematician.

Speaking at the occasion, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek said that Turkey will continue to support Pakistan which is a great and trustworthy friend.

We are tied in the religious and cultural bonds which should be further strengthened, he said, adding that our government as well as masses value multidimensional relations with Pakistan which would by further cemented by the passage of time.

Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi said that Turkey is promoting education in Pakistan by establishing quality institutes and holding different competitions aimed at enhancing the level of our students.

Our students are being prepared to compete in the international events while many have won medial which is a great achievement, said Kundi.

Ambassador of Turkey Babur Hizlan said that Pakistani youth had tremendous potential and amazing talent to progress and advance in all walks of life.

Improving, educating and promoting the brightest Pakistani students is one of our mission, said Hizlan.

Mr. Unal Tosur, PakTurk International CAG Educational Foundation, MD Pak Turk Mr. Fesih Celik, Director Education Kamil Ture and others said that we will continue to provide opportunities to Pakistani students to intellectually stimulate them and infuse confidence, ability and decisiveness which were essential ingredient for progress in life.

PESA expresses concern over failing economy

Rawalpindi, MTT News Desk: The Pakistan Ex-servicemen Association (PESA) on Tuesday said governments non- wasteful expenditures have put the economy in a tailspin and the damage would be irreparable if immediate corrective measures were not taken.

Local currency has been eroding while value of dollar is sky rocketing since last five years turning debt trap in to death trap, it said.

Corruption, tax evasion, undue relaxations, waivers and borrowings have crossed all limits putting a question mark on the ability of our economic managers, said President PESA Lt. Gen. Ali Kuli Khan while chairing a meeting.

Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim, Air Marshal Masood Akhtar, Lt General Naeem Akbar, Brig Mian Mahmud, Brig Masud ul Hassan, Major Farouk Hameed Khan, Major Khurram Naveed Khan, and Naik Raja Muhammad Fazil were also present on the occasion.

The meeting noted that the alarming figures regarding state of economy indicate that we are on the brink of an economic collapse which will force the next government to accept humiliating terms of our Western friends before they put something in our beggars bowl.

They said that almost all the public sector enterprises are being run of political considerations pushing them to bankruptcy but rulers seems preoccupied with winning votes only with revival of economy on the backburner.

The political and economic chaos will leave caretaker government will little options which will be a disaster for the country, the former military generals observed, adding that prevailing economic situation has emerged as a big threat to Pakistan.

The meeting demanded at elections should be held in time after giving all the independence to the Election Commission of Pakistan.

They military strategists said that all political parties must be included in the process of formation of the caretaker government which is at present confined to two groups in the parliament.

The meeting observed that huge amount of funds are being misused in the name of charity which is nothing but pre-poll rigging.

Masses can ensure a change only if they free themselves from stranglehold of feudal lords and influence of baradari system.

PESA members criticised plans to divide Punjab on ethnic basis, in a hurry, as it will add to the problems being faced by country.

Pakistan Mission in Kuala Lumpur marks Kashmir Solidarity Day

Kuala Lumpur, MTT News Desk: The High Commission for Pakistan in Malaysia organized a function in Kuala Lumpur today (Tuesday) to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day in recognition of the untold sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiris to realise their goal of self-determination.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistans Acting High Commissioner to Malaysia Mr. Mohammad Nadeem Khan paid rich tributes to the Kashmiris for challenging the Indian occupation and rendering countless sacrifices to throw off the yoke of subjugation.

He called on the international community to help resolve the Kashmir issue to secure durable peace in the region. He lamented that while the people of Kashmir had long suffered, the civilized world had only paid a lip service to the issue, leaving millions of defenceless Kashmiris to the mercy of a brutal regime intent on crushing the freedom struggle through bullet and bayonet.

Mr. Mohamamd Nadeem Khan also underscored Pakistans efforts to resolve the issue, saying our position is based on the support for a just cause and on principles recognized by the international community and enshrined in the UN Charter. Pakistan is committed to extending full moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiris till the realization of their right to self-determination, he added.

Later, documentaries highlighting the plight of Kashmiris and their struggle for freedom were shown. A group of schoolchildren also presented skits and tableaus signifying the theme of Kashmir Solidarity Day and highlighting the rich Kashmiri culture and traditions.

Kashmiris in OSJK living in world’s largest prison camp

Vancover, MTT News Desk: Jammu & Kashmir Human Rights Council Int Wing Chairman last night called on all human rights organizations to raise voice against human rights violation in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK). He was spaeking on a fuction of soldierity day with the people of Kashmir. Jammu & Kashmir is a one of biggest Prison Camp in the World.

Jammu & Kashmir Human Rights Council int Wing Chairman Raja Habib Jalib in a Fuction on Soldierity day with the people of Kashmir , called on all human rights organization to take a stand for the people of Kashmir. He said that human rights violation in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK) has created a worse situation for civilians in Indian held Kashmir, and they are virtually living in world’s largest prision camp of Kashmir, while the World is enjoying the freedom & prosperity.

The Kashmiris have neither freedom of speech, movement nor press and even prominent political leader like Syed Ali Shah Geelani are not allowed to visit the other side of Kashmir.

He said that Kashmiris are raising voice for the right of self-determination for their people according to UN resolutions & their struggle must bring results eotherwise whole area will be become awar zone, with Atomic arsenals ready on each other will be disaster for the whole World.

Raja Habib Jalib called on both India & Pakistan to start three party dialogue and seriously think about solving this issue according to the wishes of people of Kashmir.

He said that mere lip service of dialogue will not solve this issue. He said that core issue of conflict is Kashmir and both India and Pakistan must start serious dilaogue and the World must supervice these dialogue including Islamic World.

He said that killing, rape, tortue, extra judicial killings and disappearence of civilians in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK) must stop and India must abolish special military powers act and stop rape killings of innocent Kashmiris in the hands of Indian armed forces.

Raja Habib Jalib said that Indian Army has been given free hand to kill civilans and rape innocent women in OSJK and this shows claerly that Indian military forces in Kashmir are committing war crimes.

He said that UN must sent observes in cease Fire Line (CFL) area so that local public could live in peace in CFL area, where Indian violations of cease fire line have created a great problem for the Kashmiri public on both sides of cease fire line.

He said that investigation should be made of mass unmarked graves in differant towns, villiages and cities of OSJK, where the civilians are killed by Indian authorities and Indian army and thrown in holes.

Raja Habib Jalib also called the Hurriyat leadership to unite under one banner & one voice ,so that the voice of people could be heard.

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